Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM206: Public Sector Finance for Managers (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

1. What is public sector finance and how does it differ from that in the private sector?
2. Models and Approaches to understanding public sector finance from a manager�s perspective
3. Current issues in public sector finance
4. Accountability and ethics in public sector finance
5. Basic calculations and spread sheets � how to understand a finance officer
6. Comparing Policy Instruments:
Public Spending
Audit and Accountability
Strategic Budgetary control and budget setting

Teaching of subject knowledge will be through a combination of preliminary directed learning (one week), compulsory reading of core texts, three intensive teaching days using lectures, linked tutorials, external speakers and workshops.

Students are provided with a module handout consisting of background material to inform lecture and tutorial topics. In addition the dedicated MPA webpages will have timed downloads of material and links to key reading and directed learning. Students are required to submit an essay to deadline at the end of week 3.

The essay is returned individually in week four with detailed feedback.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
18 132 0

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities18 hoursLectures, seminars, workshops and presentations
Guided independent study132 hoursIndependent study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Indicative web based resources e.g. ELE:
The module will be supported by ELE materials, including links to core texts